Verizon Wireless Expands Wireless Broadband Network In Montana To Bozeman, Butte And Great Falls

HELENA, MT — Verizon Wireless customers in more Montana locations can now access e-mail, everyday corporate data, the Internet and more at faster speeds, check out video on their phones, download music right over-the-air and play 3D games as Verizon Wireless rolls out its wireless high-speed broadband network in Bozeman, Butte and Great Falls. The company's wireless broadband network allows customers to access BroadbandAccess on their laptops, e-mail on their PDAs and V CAST Video and Music on their wireless phones.

The wireless broadband network coverage area in the state now extends to:

  • Bozeman area, including Montana State University, Bozeman Museum of the Rockies, West Yellowstone and Livingston

  • Butte, including Dillon and Anaconda

  • Great Falls, including the Great Falls International Airport, University of Great Falls and Malmstrom Air Force Base
Based on CDMA 1x Evolution-Data Optimized (EV-DO) Revision A (Rev. A) technology, the wireless broadband network provides Verizon Wireless customers in Bozeman, Butte and Great Falls areas with data uplink speeds significantly faster than the company's award-winning national EV-DO network, which the company rolled out in Montana in December 2006.

BroadbandAccessThe company's flagship business data service, BroadbandAccess, provides average download speeds of 600 kilobits per second (kbps) to 1.4 megabits and average upload speeds of 500-800 kbps, which means customers with Rev. A-compatible devices can download a 1 Megabyte e-mail attachment — the equivalent of a small PowerPoint® presentation or a large PDF file — in about eight seconds and upload the same-sized file in less than 13 seconds.

Verizon Wireless offers several BroadbandAccess devices for the company's wireless broadband network, including the AirCard 595U and USB720 wireless modems, the V740 ExpressCard, AirCard 595 and PC5750 PC Cards from Verizon Wireless. All of the devices are fully compatible with the company's wireless broadband network and its NationalAccess network (based on CDMA 1xRTT technology), giving customers the ability to remain connected if they travel outside of the wireless broadband coverage area.

V CAST: Video and MusicThe company's high-speed network also enables its V CAST multimedia services, offering customers the ability to download full-song tracks, play cutting-edge 3D games and stream video clips straight to their phones. With content updated daily, customers can watch dozens of on demand videos, including breaking news, weather, sports highlights, and the hottest entertainment clips.

With V CAST Music, Verizon Wireless has built a massive full-song mobile music store that contains more than 2.1 million songs from well-known and independent artists that customers can download over-the-air, right onto their V CAST Music-enabled phones.

"The broadband network expansion has something for everyone on-the-go," said Melanie Braidich, regional president of Verizon Wireless. "BroadbandAccess lets our business customers experience a truly untethered mobile office experience. With V CAST, consumers have access to the most comprehensive selection of downloadable music, high-quality videos and coolest 3D games found anywhere."

Coverage With this recent expansion, BroadbandAccess coverage in the state also includes:

  • Billings

  • Helena

  • Kalispell

  • Missoula
Verizon Wireless was the first national wireless provider to commercially launch a high-speed wireless broadband network in the United States. Today, its entire nationwide CDMA 1x EV-DO network has been enhanced to Revision A (Rev. A) technology that reaches more than two-thirds of the U.S. population — more than 210 million people.

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About Verizon WirelessVerizon Wireless operates the nation's most reliable wireless voice and data network, serving 62.1 million customers. The largest U.S. wireless company and largest wireless data provider, based on revenues, Verizon Wireless is headquartered in Basking Ridge, N.J., with 67,000 employees nationwide. The company is a joint venture of Verizon Communications (NYSE: VZ) and Vodafone (NYSE and LSE: VOD). Find more information on the Web at To preview and request broadcast-quality video footage and high-resolution stills of Verizon Wireless operations, log on to the Verizon Wireless Multimedia Library at